How manage your data network
Operation of a day-to-day business is dependent upon hardware but without software what can hardware do? Nothing!
While hardware and software are dependent on each other, so are the key parts in your data network: routers, modems, server, workstation or switches. Knowing how to manage your data network will not only benefit your workflow but keep it secure.
First off, what is a data network?
A network is made up of different type of systems implemented into an interconnecting environment known as intranet and internet. Cool right?
Equally important in the data network is the router. It allows us to send information to the internet via the Network Demarcation Zone (DMZ). But that router is just a piece of machinery which needs the commands in the specific language or platform in order to perform. Switches couldn’t do any port forwarding if it did not know how to communicate with the other logical processes inside the switch.
This is the perspective we all need when managing our Network.
Uniquely, our network is not just one piece of machinery but a plethora of devices that make up your network. We start everything from the workstation to the switching devices for an easy flow to the routers for connection to the internet.
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Manage your data network once you talk with a professional
Since some small businesses do not have the luxury of hiring an I.T. person to handle the network correctly and if they do, they usually get what they pay for. Therefore, ending up with someone who knows their way around computers, but is clueless when it comes to network protocols and handling the network to enhance the speed and bandwidth.
Don’t skimp out on paying a networking professional. They will set it up properly so you can utilize the most out of your network, effectively.
Presumably, most people in the industry know both Linux and Window platforms, Unix is a little less knowledgeable. The network and security part of your IT departments needs knowledgeable and have experience in dealing with crisis situations. They need the expertise in setting your network to prevent perpetrators, i.e.… hackers and script kiddies.
On the other hand, some small businesses can’t afford to shut down their affected server and workstations like an enterprise level company would with their fail-safe disaster responses. The have to be up and going or they will lose valuable time and money.
The key point to keeping a network secure and running is to manage it.
Keep it simple. Understanding how the network works is already confusing for some. So knowing how to manage it needs to be easy. Do this by having a biweekly maintenance checklist. Simply, copy the list below and give it your to IT professional to follow. An easy way to manage your data network.
Ultimately, these tips will keep you on top of your network and keep the I.T. person on top of their job as well. A managed, well-organized and thought out network enhances productivity and financial status of your company. Being non-active on your network will be the end of your business, or so we think.
Start implementing our maintenance tips to manage your data network now. You can thank us later.